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AT THE HALF: Liverpool lead Newcastle after wild 1st half (video)

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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park on May 04, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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And… you can breathe again (for 15 minutes, that is).

The first 45 minutes of Liverpool’s must-win trip to St. James’ Park are not only in the books — they were also beyond thrilling — and Jurgen Klopp’s men are 2-1 to the good against former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.

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Nothing short of a win will do for Liverpool, who trail Manchester City by a single point in the Premier League title race. The Reds have 135 minutes still to run, while the defending champions prepare for their penultimate league fixture on Monday, at home against Leicester City (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com).

As things stand, Liverpool would go two points ahead of Man City for at least the next 46 hours. All three goals were scored in a frantic 15-minute period which nearly also saw a Liverpool defender sent off.

If you’re not already tuned in, get to NBCSN or NBCSports.com (STREAM — WATCH HERE) right now.

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